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Tens of thousands without power after nor’easter dumps snow in New York

NEW YORK — A snowstorm left tens of thousands more people without power in the New York region Thursday, slowing efforts to overcome the devastation caused by last week’s superstorm Sandy. The Department of Energy said 42,633 homes and businesses were without electricity as a result of the Nor’easter gale,…

Former Washington, Colorado cops explain: What’s really going to change now that marijuana is legal?

Following wins for marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado on Tuesday night, a former Seattle police chief and a former Denver police officer sat down with Raw Story to discuss what the laws will actually do and how they think things will change. “Today is a great day for America!”…

Family Research Council calls for ‘civil disobedience’ to block same sex marriages

The senior vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC) said on Wednesday that the civil disobedience may be necessary to prevent same sex marriages after voters in several states approved marriage equality. In an special broadcast titled “Election 2012: Aftermath & Aftershocks,” FRC president Tony Perkins told Senior Vice…

Burger King plans to open South African branch

The US-based fast food chain Burger King will open its first branch in South Africa early next year, local partners announced on Thursday, setting up a new battleground in the war with rival McDonald’s. “Now is the time to develop the brand in South Africa,” said Grand Parade Investments executive…

Indian ‘spy princess’ honored for work in occupied France during World War II

Britain’s Princess Anne was to unveil a sculpture on Thursday of Noor Inayat Khan, dubbed the “spy princess”, who was sent into occupied France in World War II to help the resistance. Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, was to unveil a bronze bust in central London’s Gordon Square Gardens, in…

Obama to collaborate with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel on book

Newly re-elected President Obama writing ‘book of two friends’ with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace prize laureate Elie Wiesel has said he is writing a book with President Obama, fresh from election victory. Speaking to Israeli news site Haaretz, the author, 84, said he was working…

Californians continue to call for end of death penalty despite failure of Prop 34

Fifty-three percent called this week for capital punishment to continue in the state, but opposition appears to be growing A renewed battle to repeal the death penalty in California has begun, days after residents voted to keep capital punishment in the state. Proposition 34 – which would have seen capital…

Herman Cain: Break up the Republican Party to ‘save the country’

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain said Wednesday that the time has come for tea party conservatives to break away from the Republican Party and form their own political organization, which he said would “save the country.” “I never thought that I would say this, and this is the first time…

Biden to appear on NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’

Vice President Joe Biden will appear on an upcoming episode of NBC’s comedy “Parks and Recreation,” Entertainment Weekly reports. Biden’s appearance on the Nov. 15 episode will occur at the beginning, when Pawnee Councilwoman Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) and her fiancée Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) take a tour of the…

Las Vegas business owner fires 22 ‘mostly Hispanic’ employees over Obama win

A business owner in Las Vegas on Wednesday told a CBS radio station that he had fired 22 of his 114 “mostly Hispanic” employees because President Barack Obama had won re-election. “I’ve done my share of educating my employees,” business owner “David,” who refused to use his real name on…

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